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Times Square - Crossroads of the World
At least once in your life, you have to see Times Square. The cacophany of lights and sounds and constant movement can be overwhelming to the senses. There is definitely an energy here - and a sense of familliarity. You've seen it in movies, on tv, in books and magazines, and yes - every New Years Eve you've ever spent with Dick Clark. :-)
There are restaurants and stores and theatres here, and also the TKTS booth for getting half-price same-day tickets to Broadway shows. It is truly an amazing place to see.
With our hotel being a 5 minute walk from Times Square, this is where I came every morning to read the news with a Starbucks in hand!
There is so much to see in Times Square! There are souvnir shops, resturants such as Bubba Gump Shrimp and TGI Fridays, the Hershey's shop, Toys 'R' Us, Sephora and much more!
Of course, there is also the 'naked cowboy'! He is a man wearing a cowboy hat, stood in the middle of Times Square, playing a guitar and singing! There is always a crowd around him and he hasn't got a bad voice either!!
The building where the 'ball drops' on New Years Eve is situated here and also MTV headquarters where it's not unusual to see crowds stood outside waiting for their idols to enter the building! The New York Police Department is also in Times Square which is lit up so there is no chance of missing it!
Go at night and see the neon lights of Times Square - brilliant.
Times Square is also a pick-up/drop-off point for all bus tours of the city.
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Late on evening, I wanted to stretch my legs, so I wandered around the city for a little bit, and landed in Times Square. The area is certainly an assault on the senses - the bright lights and city sounds hit you from the moment you walk into it. There are tons of shopping options (many large stores of places you know - M&M Store, Hershey, etc.) and also places to eat. Perhaps most fun is to just stand to the side and watch the world go by. While I was also there in the morning, it doesn't feel nearly as alive as it does at night.
Times Square is a major commercial intersection in the borough of Manhattan,at the junction of Broadway and 7th Avenue and stretching from West 42nd to West 47th streets.The extended Square also called the 'Theartre District',consists of the blocks between Sixth and Eighth Avenues from east to west,making up the western part of the commercial area of Midtown.
Formerley named 'Longacre Square'it was renamed in April1904 when the New York Times Newspaper moved it Headquarters to the newly erected Times Building,which is now called one Times Square and is the site of the annual Ball Drop on New Years Eve.The square is famous for its 24 hr neon light advertising and constant news bulletins from around the world including the national deficit clock.Its a popular meeting point for locals and you will find it busy almost all day every day,a real New York City expierience.
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Don't be a sucker.
If you really have to walk around Times Square, just be aware that this is a haven for street hustlers. Stay around 42nd and 7th thru 52nd and 7th. 8th Ave is sleazy with gangs, peep shows, topless bars, and people trying to get money from you. Port Authority (42nd and 8th Ave) is the worst to walk by. Always some piece of garbage guy standing around observing targets to molest or rub or hustle. My best advice for anyone not from New York City who wants to walk around Times Square is to be aware, don't stare, don't act afraid, be cool and try to act like you've been there and done that. Ignore everyone who approaches you in the street for something. I mean that. Sometimes it's just a trap. Ignore them. You don't have to be nice and smile and say no or yes to whatever it is that they are asking you. Just keep walking and wipe the dirt off your shoulders. Move on. You didn't come here for some lame unfunny comedy club tickets, to donate something for some irresistable cause, to give some bum a dollar or nickel, discuss for an hour of your time about becoming a Jehovah's Witness, buy fake gold, help some bum pretending he needs $3.50 to get home, or fall prey to some BS scheme . Only take a yellow cab. Don't get ripped off (overcharged) by the crooks who drive the town cars. The moment they tell you how incredible and difficult it is to get anywhere without them, give them the ol'Bronx cheer (figuratively speaking). Walk away from them. say "that's okay. no thanks. " They don't need to know your business. Many of these cabbies (even the ones in yellow cabs) ask you questions because they want to feel you out. "Oh so you here on vacation?"- this means if you are, I will take you an extra 12 blocks the wrong way to jack up the price on the meter. "I know a good place, you can go" means -I will drive you all over and around New York not 'cause I'm nice but because I think you are a sucker and I can make a fortune off of you. "oh is this all I get as a tip?" means can I suck up more money out of you even though you've tipped me generously already.
Times Square just screams New York! Having been a temporary resident of Manhattan, I didn't really trek out there much, but when my out-of-state friends came for a visit, Times Square was just one of those touristy sites I had to take them to. It’s so alive and so full of energy and the epitome of the NYC nightlife, but oh man, the foot traffic is simply awful and irritating. Consequently, the only time I ventured out there, aside from showing my friends around was to catch the musicals on Broadway, which you definitely must do if in the city. If you're interested in attending one yourself, find a TKTS booth to purchase discounted tickets for same-day performances.
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Times Square by night
Standing on Times Square for the first time (during the day) I wasn't too impressed. But this place really comes to live at night. I don't know how to describe it. There's this special atmosphere in the evening / night. Is it the bright neon lights?. Whenever I'm in NY my evening walk always includes a visit to Times Square :)
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Times Square is tourist hell. But you have to see it once if you have never been to NYC before. The lights are bright and distracting, there are overpriced places to eat, and plenty of souvenir shops and street vendors selling cheap NYC memorabilia. Did I mention it was overcrowded with camera-wielding tourists?
The Rejuvenated Light Show District
Times Square, the heart of the Theatre District and named after the headquarters of the New York Times newspaper, has seen mostly middle- and low-brow entertainment for the last century.
It's one of those places you "must" see because it's, well, sort of unique and visually exciting, but not so much because of what you can actually see, do or experience there - other than gazing at the light show and snapping some colorful pictures.
It's terribly crowded - tourists flock in herds and it actually feels very "un-New York" once you've seen (and familiarized with) other parts of the city. Other than the theaters in the area, Times Square feels kind of junky with all of its fast food places, cafés, shops that sell tourist kitsch and branches of stores like Disney Store and Virgin Megastore. Most of it is bloody expensive, too.
Neon billboards have been here since the 20's. After a long period of decline starting during the Depression, during which Times Square was a scene of sex shops, drug dealers and prostitution, "rejuvenation" (read : "Disney-fication") of the district began in the 1990's, with many themed stores and -restaurants, and, on the plus side, improved safety. You'll see plenty of police on patrol here so it's much safer than before - crime stats continue to drop considerably. Still, be aware of your surroundings when you take a stroll here, and mind your personal belongings.
-feel free to check my "tourist trap" entry for Times Square, "prepare to be disNYfied - resistance is futile" which has links to live webcams on Times Square, as well.
Time Square, New York defined
If there is anything New York is famous for is it's bustling crowds, it's musicals, it's bright lights, and of course, a city that never sleeps! Well Times Square epitomizes this to the fullest. In fact, the only time Times Square is ever quiet is just before morning rush hour. Otherwise, it is one of New York's busiest spots. Pedestrian traffic and automobile traffic for one, musicals, restaurants, hotels, shops, you name it. No trip to New York is complete without a stop at Times Square.
Be sure to visit the Visitors Center at Times Square for more information about the Square and about New York.
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Bright Lights - Big City. Here it is, the center of the theater district and "crossroads of the world". Lots of people. Walk around and you may see the Naked Cowboy, see a pop star at the MTV Studios, a wrestler at WWF Cafe, grab a burger at Planet Hollywood, watch a game at ESPN Sportszone, ride the ferris wheel at the Toy's R Us, and catch the latest headines at the ABC studio and Nasdaq tickers. Most locals avoid Times Square during New Year's Eve since there are alot of out of towners watching the ball drop.
Queue up at the TKTS booth to catch Broadway shows at half price.
The Times Square Visitor Center (www.nycvisit.com) is on Broadway between 46th & 47th Sts.
Times Square, arguably the most famous part of New York City. This is where most American's watch the New Years ball drop on television and where most visitors journey to in any trip of New York. Times Square is really an oversized and overcrowded tourist shopping district, but it's a must see. Here you will find anything New York you wish to seek. Times Square hosts peddlers of sunglasses, watches, purses, music, small turtles, and pickles, yes pickles.
I'm a fan of Times Square just because of it's mystique. Please visit the place if you haven't before. You won't be the only one there.
You won't recognize Times Square now, it's totally Disneyfied!
For breakfast, I'd go to Pranzo on 50th St., just east of 7th Ave. It's one of those "we have everything" places. They've got a buffet, but also will toast and butter a bagel for you. You can eat there, or, better yet, get your breakfast to go and eat in the little vest pocket park across the street.
A little further east on 50th is the Belgian chain restaurant, Le Pain Quotidien. They have the absolute best baguettes in the city, and my favorite breakfast is a bowl (!) of their wonderful coffee and a simple buttered baguette. However, their pastries are out of this world.
Directly across from LPQ is another chain, Au Bon Pain. Also pretty good pastries. They also have bagels, but they won't toast them.
You'll also find food carts on all the side streets. Great for a cup of coffee and a muffin, but avoid their bagels -- they're basically just doughy white bread in a bagel shape.
Better in the morning
In a more recent trip to New York I stayed at The Manhattan Hotel 7 blocks from Times Square and walked into Times Square every morning for breakfast. I've come to the conclusion that this, after all, is a top place to be and take in the atmosphere, early in the morning is best, anything in the evening is a nightmare.
Times Square is the Hub of Activity in Manhattan
The shopping, people watching and seeing the variety of buildings in and around the square is the attraction. Also, the shows in the theatre district. are close by the square. The blocks it covers is 42nd to 47th Sts and Broadway to 7th Ave. The name was designated in 1904, as a result of the Times building being constructed. Shortly after that, the first neon sign was erected, and the rest was history. It brought people to come down and shop and enjoy the cultures.
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